Bernardin’s Fine Dining
901 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
M-Th. 11:30am-2pm & 5-9:30pm
F 11:30am-2pm & 5-10pm
In the essence of full disclosure, this month’s dining destination holds a very special place in my heart. About seven and a half years ago, Bernardin’s was the extremely gracious host of my rehearsal dinner the night before my wedding. I remember the filet vividly…it was phenomenal! I was so happy with every element of that dinner, and I couldn’t imagine how Bernardin’s could possibly improve upon the culinary tour that had been created. Well, proving me wrong, the owners did when they moved Bernardin’s to the new beautiful, historic location of the Zevely House on Fourth Street in the heart of West End.
In addition to the change in scenery, we noticed several changes to the menu…and we could only describe it as what we would expect from the most renowned restaurants in Manhattan or some other large metropolitan area. The flavor combinations were inspired, and were only ones that a seasoned chef could imagine. When I described the dishes to my publisher the next morning, she admitted she was drooling…I am assuming you will as well…
Fried Calamari – Served with spicy Sambal aioli and sweet Chinese mustard. Tender, lightly breaded and delectable with both sauces.
Warm Goat Cheese Tart — Baby greens, oven-dried tomato, eggplant and a balsamic glaze. You’ll be able to tell this tart was cut from a pie shaped tart, and you’ll want what’s left of that pie to take home with you…perfection!
Lump Crabcakes – Black bean, corn, chorizo and cilantro. More crab meat than anything else…these were absolutely fantastic!
Roasted Atlantic Salmon — Horseradish crust, spinach, sweet roasted garlic and a port wine sauce. Perfectly seasoned, cooked and so juicy, flavorful in the best way possible. Everyone at the table agreed it was the best salmon they’d ever had. The slight crust on the salmon was the best enhancement without being overpowering.
Tandoori Kangaroo — Lentil basmati rice potato cake, succotash, tandoori sauce. Never in my life did I think I’d eat kangaroo, but I found myself having to fight off others at the table to snag pieces before they were gone! If you are curious…kangaroo has a very similar consistency to tender flank steak with a unique flavor you won’t find anywhere else!
Pan Roasted Diver Sea Scallops — English pea risotto, oven dried tomato, asparagus and a chipotle plum vinaigrette. Yum, yum, yum! I offered to hold back on my helping for others at the table until I tried it…then I took that offer back and ate it all myself! Sometimes that is necessary!
Classic Vanilla Creme Brûlée – Classic in every essence of the word. I’ve always loved the classics!
Peach and Blueberry Cobbler with Praline Ice Cream – I’ll be going back for more…that I can guarantee! Praline ice cream is remarkable…and the peach and blueberry together was so delicious. It was a great way to end the evening!
Can’t wait to try these for yourself? Then don’t! It is absolutely recommended that you make a reservation because Bernardin’s will surely be a popular destination for those couples, friends, families and business groups looking to avoid cooking yet another meal this holiday season!
You absolutely must order the goat cheese tart, and you must take me with you if you do! If not, I will understand, but please don’t forget to tell them Rosey sent you. I’d love for them to appreciate me as much as I appreciate their generous hospitality!